Republicans Request New CBO Score of Health Bill
Unhappy with all the recent tweaks to the Senate’s health care reform legislation, three top Republicans are asking the Congressional Budget Office to re-score the entire bill. In a Monday letter to CBO, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) argue that “CBO’s complete analysis of the perfecting amendment needs to be made available to Senators well before a vote on the amendment occurs.”
Accordingly, CBO’s analysis must be completed quickly to provide for sufficient time for review … so that the Senators and the public are fully informed about the implications of the latest version of the plan on the federal budget and the health care system.
The Democrats obliged similar requests before voting on health care reform in the Finance Committee, and again before the merged bill was brought to the Senate floor. With a self-imposed voting deadline just 10 days away, though, time is hardly on their side.